The Scheduled Summer

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School has let out for the year, so of course it’s time for the articles and blog posts telling us how to have “the perfect summer.”

And this year, the perfect summer is apparently a “throwback summer.” You know, a summer like kids had in the 1970s…running around the backyard barefoot with popsicles.

Just unscheduled madness all day, every day.

Sorry, but an unscheduled summer is just not my jam.

Here are seven reasons why I love my kids’ summers structured and packed with activities. [Read more…]

The Rise of Angry Sonja

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Remember the softer side of Sonja? Well, say goodbye to that.

Enter Angry Sonja. 

She’s mean, she’s loud, she’s rude, and yes, she still drinks (but is in complete denial of her lack of control of drinking).

I had to chuckle when Sonja told the ladies that hey, we all need to be carried home some nights. Ummm maybe in my twenties, but I’d like to think that once I’m approaching 50 I will have settled down a bit and will be able to get myself into my own bed each night. [Read more…]

20 Hot Beach Reads

20 Hot Beach Reads

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I know that you all are anxiously awaiting the release of my eBook, but until it comes out (in a few short weeks!), here are some other hot titles to check out.

A special thanks to my blog’s amazing Facebook community who provided me with most of these recommendations.

(Best when read by the pool, on the beach, or hiding in the closet from your kids.)

If you hurry and order one now with Amazon Prime, you should have it by the holiday weekend! [Read more…]

The Bethenny Project: Chapter 3

The Bethenny Project

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Chapter 3 of Bethenny Frankel’s book I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To is entitled “Master the Catch and Release.”

She gives pointers on how to catch and keep your ideal guy. Since I’m already married and I hopefully don’t have to do anymore catching and keeping a guy in my lifetime, I wanted to share my own story of how I snared my husband.

So here is the story of us. Hold on tight, because it’s quite the rollercoaster… [Read more…]

Turks and Cray-cos

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Thank you, Real Housewives of New York. I needed this– a break from my own reality as an actual “real housewife” to embark on a trip that is utterly nuts and crazy, just like the RHONY ladies themselves.

I mean, this is like Scary Island times ten. Replacing Kelly Bensimon in the role of Resident Delusional One is Sonja Morgan, and reprising her role as Sane Truth-Teller is Bethenny Frankel.

Hope y’all packed your Xanax and your favorite wine tumblers you can throw at a friend without breaking!

Here are the Top 10 Highlights from last night’s Real Housewives of New York. [Read more…]

So Kaitlyn Slept With Nick

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So Kaitlyn slept with Nick on The Bachelorette last night, and it turned into A Big Thing.

(Yes I know I said I wasn’t watching The Bachelorette anymore but it was 8:00 and nothing else was on. It sucked me in.)

After ruminating on this issue overnight, I’ve come to this conclusion: the fact that Kaitlyn slept with Nick is probably the most normal thing she could have done in a highly abnormal setting.

Do you know what’s not normal? [Read more…]

The Four Month Old Sleep Regression

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Aww, look at this little angel. Sleeping like a baby for his daytime nap. Well OF COURSE HE IS. HE’S FREAKING EXHAUSTED FROM BEING UP ALL NIGHT!

Yes, don’t let that picture fool you. He’s no angel. He has been waking his mother up every 2-3 hours at night.

This from a child who used to sleep twelve hours every night with no nighttime feedings. Obviously, I got used to sleeping through the night. Until it was rudely snatched away from me. [Read more…]

6 Tips For When Your Kid Has Bad Dreams

Bad Dreams Tips

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Just when you think you’re done with being woken up by your baby in the night, the older ones start waking up.

Because it’s always something– a need for the potty, thirsty for water, etc.

When it’s a bad dream, though, it’s even worse. You have to address the emotional concern, rather than just a trip to the bathroom to alleviate a physical issue.

Here’s what has worked for us… [Read more…]

The Bethenny Project: Chapter 2

The Bethenny Project

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Chapter 1 of I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To was all about understanding men. Chapter 2 is about what women do wrong.

I know, it’s hard to admit that we aren’t perfect creatures. But we do have our faults, and Bethenny certainly has a handle on those (or at least she is identifying ones that I personally have).

One of her tips is to stop talking as much. We recently took a 1.5 hour car ride to a family birthday party. All of the kids were asleep in the back of the car.

I tried several times to start up a conversation, but unless I ask a question, my husband rarely answers. It’s possible that my topics of choice were uninteresting to my husband, since most tend to fall on the list of “Things Guys Aren’t Interested In.” [Read more…]

Toes Before Hoes

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What is it about the hour that I’m trying to watch Real Housewives of New York that makes my husband think, hmmm let’s have a conversation.

I mean, in Bethenny’s book, she says that men like quiet and minimal conversation. That is true, except for when I’m watching my shows, apparently. #foodforthought #TheBethennyProject

 Here are the Top 10 Highlights from last night’s RHONY

10. Thanks for making me NEED a cupcake at 9:00 P.M. on a Tuesday night. Add that to my list of future moneymakers– cupcake delivery service! (Goes with my other ideas of coffee delivery service and wine delivery service.) [Read more…]